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the updates and need help with comp purchase

June 18th, 2008 at 07:42 am

It has been a while since I last updated so here goes the current version of things.
CC--PAID OFF! That was thanks to all the overtime I worked in March, April and May. I still have a balance on the books at one CC but it is interest free and I have the money to pay if off in the savings acoount making a few pennies of interest for the time being.
Vacation---Amazing. I went to Seattle and Alaska for two weeks. I dare say that trip was just as expensive as my Australia trip but I did enjoy it. I had budgeted for the trip so no debt was incurred as a result. I spent freely but responsibly and still came back with a nice chunk of change! I am thinking about another vacation with the leftover.
401K--I upped my contribution another 1%. Might consider upping again when I get my raise in the next month or so but not sure. I might think about opening an IRA or adding to my EF
EF--again thanks to the overtime it is getting up there. Still not where I want it to be but much higher than I have ever had before.
Car--with no CC payments anymore I have increased my payments from 330 to 500+. I could pay more but I am still working on the EF. I think I can pay it off before the end of next year. I think my goal will be to pay if off in 2 years. We'll see.
And now that you have wading through all the other stuff this is where I need help. My trusty Toshiba PC is on its way out. I think it is time to put the old girl out to pasture. SO I am in need of a new Laptop. I have always had a PC but am considering trying a MAC. PCs are cheaper and more familiar. I don't want to go with Vista so my options are limited. Macs are quite a bit more expensive and again I am not familiar with that operating system. I am afraid that if I get a Mac I will have a huge learning curve and get frustrated. (I am leaning towards the 250 gig Macbook $1500)
Any advice????
Thanks

8 Responses to “the updates and need help with comp purchase”

  1. sagegirl Says:

    Macs are pretty easy to use once you get the hang of it. Plus, you can usually get training from the Mac place (and get help with more sticky problems at the Mac "Genius Bar" in their retail stores. I am sure there are small extra fees for this. I hope to be making the Mac switch over in the next two years also. Good luck!

  2. cindyg86 Says:

    First... congratulations on taking a vacation and not incurring any debt! Quite an accomplishment.

    Second... I definitely recommend Mac's. I made the switch last Christmas when I received one as a gift. While I have a low-end Macbook, it far exceeds the PC's I owned previously. And as sagegirl pointed out, you get FREE training at the Apple store. Plus there are numerous online sites dedicated to making the switch. It's true they are considerably more expensive than PC's but I believe the quality and support more than make up for the price difference.

    Now would be a great time to buy a Mac as it is close to "back-to-school" season... I saw an advertisement that you get a free iPod with a Mac computer purchase. Already have an iPod? Sell it for profit!

  3. tripods68 Says:

    I switched from PC to MAC last year. I was suprise to learn it very quickly. Easy to use and even convinced my own parents to switch. I'm promised you'll embraced it.

  4. tripods68 Says:

    I switched from PC to MAC last year. I was suprise to learn it very quickly. Easy to use and even convinced my own parents to switch. I promised you'll embraced it.

  5. jaroque Says:

    Worse comes to worse, you can always install Windows on your Mac as backup!

    I think it's time that I got one too. Except I don't know how I'd do with only one mouse button.

  6. cindyg86 Says:

    Jaroque - I think you are referencing the right-click ability with a Mac. You can set up your Mac to right click without having a 2-button mouse. On my Macbook, I simply tap the touchpad with 2 fingers to right click.

  7. jaroque Says:

    Haha, yeah, I know you can do it. Just old 2-buttoned habits are hard to break. =)

  8. greengirl Says:

    i am just wondering why you don't want to go with vista? i have been using vista for about a year and I really like it.

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